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Greece, and the Greek islands, will always hold a special place in my heart. It was while enjoying the freshest, tastiest olive filled salad, in the prettiest greek taverna, that Nik and I excitedly discussed the fact that “us two”, was soon to become ‘us three”. You see, we had found out a month before we flew out to the Greek island of Crete, that we were 4 months pregnant with our now 19 year old son! We returned to Greece both as a three, then as a four when son number 2 came along, many times over the years. I was so excited to learn that Jet2Holidays had introduced two new greek destinations to their 2020 brochure! Read on, let me tell you some details…
Last week I was invited to and attended a wonderful, Greek inspired event with Jet2Holidays, to learn about the two new Greek destinations on offer next year. To help us get our Greek on, we were being shown how to bring our own little bit of Greece to our homes. Jet 2 had arranged for us to watch and learn some basic Greek cooking! As a woman that once served her kids raw chicken, it was not only me in my house that was excited about me learning a little cooking………
Arriving at the venue, the studio had been turned into a little slice of Greece for us. Tropical pink bougainvillea flowers wove around trellis adorning the walls, huge, bright yellow sunflowers filled vases on the dining table and the smell of herbs, olive oil and fresh ingredients filled the air. The perfect setting to learn about these two new greek destinations I thought!
On the menu tonight was fresh, vibrant greek salad, spinach and cheese filled filo pastry parcels and stuffed tomatoes and peppers. These were accompanied by skewers of chicken, cheese and vegetables, and all served with a side of warmed pitta bread and tzatziki. All of these dishes were to be cooked by us, with the help of the wonderful chefs on hand to pass on their wisdom. It was great fun and I was over the moon that I managed to make food that was not only edible, but actually tasted delicious! Guess what family are going to be eating Greek cuisine for a week…
Of course, we had a great time eating the delicious food, drinking chilled wine and being surrounded by the vibrant colours of the flowers, but we were also to learn about the two new destinations that you will be able to fly to with Jet 2 Holidays next year. Both already have a tourist trade, but they are still considered little hidden gems. Lefkas, a small island, and Parga, situated on the mainland of Greece, are both traditional and unspoilt, and very much worthy of adding to your wish lists.
Lets start with the slightly busier of the two new Greek destinations. Lying just off the west coast of Greece mainland, Lefkas, (or Lefkada) is one of the island surrounded by the Ionian Sea. Lefkas is probably the slightly busier than Parga, as tourism has been growing on the island a little longer. The west coast of Lefkas is less populated than the east coast, and with its rocky headlands, have a more dramatic landscape. The east and South coasts off the island are home to sheltered bays and beaches, so make these a more popular destination for beach lovers, with the resort of Nidri being one of the most popular.
The islands capital, Lefkas Town is situated in the North-East. Narrow streets and brightly coloured painted houses give the town a village feel. The main square has an abundance of tavernas and cafe’s, and the large lagoon running beside the town has a marina built alongside it. Ornate, decorated Venetian churches, along with museums and traditional shops make the town well worth a visit.
Lefkas has great beaches, so sun worshipers and beach lovers will be happy here! There are sides to the island that house waterfalls and lush forest, so the landscape is both surprising and changeable. There are more lively areas, including Lefkas Town of an evening, so you can have the best of both worlds if you like your evenings a little faster paced. With unspoilt nature, powder soft white sand and sparkly turquoise sea, the island of Lefkas has a little something for everyone.
Parga is situated on the North-West coast of mainland Greece, and is breathtakinly beautiful. Colourful, pastel coloured houses are built on the slope of a mountain, cobbled streets and views of the ocean make this resort incredibly picturesque. Parga Town is full of historic gems and the ruined walls of a Venetian castle remind us of its past Venetian rule. The Port promenade is probably the busiest part of the town, and you will find many bars and tavernas lining the promenade. Fresh fish, vibrantly coloured vegetables and tavernas offering traditional greek cuisine will keep us foodies happy.
The beaches in Praga are numerous, and Lichnos Beach, one of its more well known beaches, has the soft white sand, with the contrast of lush green forest as its backdrop. The seaside towns lining this part of the Greek coastline are traditional, and some, like Sivota, are home to a gorgeous marina. I spoke to you before about my love of beautiful beaches in this post, Experiencing Boa Vista, Cape Verde, so I was sold on the photos of Parga!
Parga is a beach lovers dream, and the beautiful fresh dishes on offer, a food lovers paradise. A little more sleepy than Lefkas, with far reaching sea views, it would suit those looking for traditional Greece with modern convenience. The resort is small, so could get busy in the high season so that is worth thinking about. Nik and I are looking to go here in late September/October if life doesn’t have other plans for us! Parga provides a great base to explore some of the Ionian Islands on day trips.
So, there you have it. My introduction for you on the two new greek destinations on offer. For both resorts you fly into and there is then a transfer onward to the resorts. You can see the details of both resorts in the following links;
What do you think? Are you as excited as me about the two new Greek destinations? Is there one of the resorts that you like the sound of more than the other? Are you already a fan of Greece and its islands or yet to get there? I would love to hear about your Greek adventures! Let me know xx
**Please note, this event was a gifted experience by Jet2Holidays to introduce us to the new resorts on offer. I was not paid for this post, nor under obligation, but since I was invited to the event, I wanted to disclose the fact.